Yale Students Protest for Fifth Day, Demanding Disclosure and Divestment of Weapons Investments

Yale students protest for 5 days, demanding university divest from military weapons amid Israel-Hamas conflict. 48 arrests made as protesters set up encampment, raising concerns about free speech and campus safety.

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Yale Students Protest for Fifth Day, Demanding Disclosure and Divestment of Weapons Investments

Yale Students Protest for Fifth Day, Demanding Disclosure and Divestment of Weapons Investments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the fifth consecutive day, Yale University students are protesting on campus, calling for the university to disclose and divest its investments in military weapons manufacturing amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The protests at Beinecke Plaza in New Haven have led to 48 arrests over the weekend.

The student-led group, "Occupy Beinecke," has set up an encampment on campus and is demanding transparency about Yale's investments and divestment from military weapons manufacturers. Yale President Peter Salovey stated that of the 60 people arrested on Monday, 47 were Yale students who refused to leave the encampment voluntarily. "Behavior or remarks that threaten, harass, and intimidate members of the university's Jewish, Muslim, and other communities will not be tolerated," Salovey said.

The protests at Yale are part of a broader wave of campus demonstrations across the United States, including at Columbia University, New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota, where students have set up encampments and demanded that their universities divest from entities associated with Israel. President Biden has condemned the "blatant antisemitism" at some of the protests, and 27 U.S. senators have urged the Biden administration to address antisemitism on college campuses.

Why this matters: The protests highlight the growing tensions on college campuses over the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role of universities in addressing social and political issues. The situation has raised concerns about balancing free speech and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Yale's Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility decided not to recommend a policy of divestment from military weapons manufacturers, citing the university's guide to ethical investing. The protesters have expressed a wide range of emotions, with some feeling safe on campus and in the protest space, while others have expressed concerns about safety. Organizers have stated that they will continue to be on campus until Yale addresses their demands.

Key Takeaways

  • Yale students protest for 5th day, demand divestment from military weapons
  • 48 protesters arrested over the weekend, 47 of them Yale students
  • Protests part of broader wave at US universities over Israel-Palestine conflict
  • Yale declines to divest, citing ethical investing guidelines
  • Protesters vow to continue until Yale addresses their demands